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Picdump – December 19, 2014

A luminescent lake (Plitvice National Park, Croatia) Clear Day on the West Highland Way – Scotland Digital Elevation Model of the Contiguous United States Ferrari Testa Rossa The European Space Agency reports that this image, captured by the Planck spacecraft, is among the first to reveal the shape of the Milky Way’s magnetic field.   […]

NASA's IMAGE and Cluster missions reveal origin of theta auroras

Auroras are the most visible manifestation of the sun's effect on Earth, but many aspects of these spectacular displays are still poorly understood. Thanks to the joint European Space Agency and NASA's Cluster mission combined with data...Show More Summary

City lights from space

2 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

Images from the European Space Agency show what cities around the world look like at night from space

Venus Express mission ends as fuel runs out

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The European Space Agency's (ESA) eight-year Venus Express mission has come to an end. Having already extended its lifespan to four times that originally planned, the unmanned orbiter has exhausted its fuel during a final attempt to further prolong its usefulness. Show More Summary

Top Ten Weirdest Science Stories Of 2014

2014 was a pretty great year for science. A probe from the European Space Agency physically landed on a moving comet for the first time. Lockheed Martin made a significant technology breakthrough relating to nuclear fusion power. Oh, and the world’s biggest-ever dinosaur, the “Dreadnoughtus”, was discovered. Show More Summary

CryoSat records small decrease in Arctic ice volume

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The European Space Agency’s CryoSat mission has returned its latest map of Arctic sea ice volumes, recording a slight decrease in thickness over previous measurements. The data flies in the face of the established downward trend, but...Show More Summary

Google Takes a Look Back on the Major Events of 2014 With ‘A Year in Search’

3 days agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Google takes a look back on the major events of 2014 with “A Year in Search“–which covers search trends like the European Space Agency’s historic Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, the invention of the HENDO hoverboard, and the ALS ice bucket challenge among others. In a blog post about the “Year in Search,” Google also revealed […]

We Now Have No Idea Where Earth’s Water Came From

Earth’s water had to come from somewhere, and conventional wisdom says that it was brought to us in the early days of the solar system by icy comets. Now, new data from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta craft reveals that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko doesn’t have the same kind of...

ESA sending crude oil into space

The European Space Agency is shipping crude oil into space. This may seem like a poor market strategy, but there's method behind this petroleum madness. The space agency is sending a set of small, highly-pressurized containers of crude oil into orbit as part of an experiment aimed at learning how oil behaves in deep underground reservoirs... Show More Summary

Rosetta sheds light on origin of Earth's oceans

The oceans are a mystery in more ways than one, but you might not expect the answers to come from a pack of electronics and a comet. But that's what the European Space Agency (ESA) says about the unmanned Rosetta probe orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Show More Summary

ESA ATV tests new docking technology

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Georges Lemaitre captured the International Space Station (ISS) in a new light in August, as it fired up a set of experimental sensors that may form the basis of the next generation of automated docking systems. Show More Summary

Rosetta finds clues about source of Earth's water

The European Space Agency's Rosetta probe shows comets are an unlikely source of Earth's oceans

Plastic phantom shows space travel may be safer than thought

A European Space Agency experiment aboard the International Space Station suggests that space travelers may have less to worry about when it comes to radiation... thanks to a phantom. Called the Matroshka, the "phantom" is a plasticShow More Summary

Comet Dust Has Been Hiding Out in Antarctica This Whole Time  

Last month, the European Space Agency landed on a comet 300 million miles away to take samples that could help unravel our solar system's origins. It turns out there are pieces of comets closer to home, too. Scientists have just found comet dust preserved in the frozen reaches of Antarctica. Read more...

NASA Heard UFO Signals From Comet 67P — Real Reason For Landing On Comet, UFO Site Claims

NASA received radio signals from Comet 67P for 20 years before the European Space Agency sent the Rosetta space probe on its incredible mission that landed a human-built spacecraft on the surface of the comet — the first space landing...Show More Summary

ESA transmits satellite images in near real-time via Space Data Highway

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The European Space Agency (ESA) has successfully linked up the Sentinel-1A and Alphasat satellites via laser, transmitting data across almost 36,000 km (about 22,400 miles) of space. The link allows for the delivery of data to EarthShow More Summary

This Satellite Image Was Beamed 22,000 Miles Across Space By Laser

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

This may look like a fairly normal satellite image of Berlin, but it holds a rather special secret: it's the first image of its kind to be beamed back from the European Space Agency's Sentinel-1A satellite in almost real time by laser. Read more...

European Space Agency desperate to compete with SpaceX for commercial space flight

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

Weeks after its dramatic coup in landing a probe on a speeding comet, Europe is hoping a last-minute deal to provide funding for the workhorse Ariane rocket will prevent its space ambitions falling back to earth this week. Anxious to preserve its own access to space, the 20-nation European Space...

Venus Express gets one last boost of life

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The European Space Agency's Venus Express unmanned probe is being put through a series of maneuvers in hopes that its remaining fuel can push it into a higher orbit. If successful, the orbit change will give the spacecraft a bit more...Show More Summary

Space Noir

[Image: The International Space Station at night, photographed by astronaut Alexander Gerst, courtesy of the ESA]. The European Space Agency recently released a group of photos taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst showing the International Space Station at night. Show More Summary

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